When running a spice production business, it can be tempting to try and save costs by importing wholesale spice grinders from destinations known for cheap products. Many businesses assume that they can decrease overheads. Although you may save on initial costs, there are a few big challenges involved in importing wholesale spice grinders. The biggest risk is quality. As you already know, quality is essential when purchasing wholesale spice grinders. Sourcing grinders from countries that do not have rigid quality protocols in place means that you are purchasing large orders of poor quality grinders. This can have a knock-on effect on your business, affecting everything from compliance to reputation. There are many other risks to understand.
The Risks of Imported Wholesale Spice Grinders
Some of the biggest risks of imported wholesale spice grinders from countries with minimal regulations include the following:
Countries that adhere to regulations and production standards are likely to be ISO certified. This means that they produce products that are compliant with global and national regulations. If you are growing your spice business in South Africa, you are required to meet many requirements to achieve certification. All aspects of your supply chain need to meet these requirements, too. If you source fully certified products locally, you will know that there will be no problems with compliance. Over and beyond regulations, production standards also need to be considered. If you are sourcing from outside of your country, it is difficult to know whether production standards are being met. There may be different standards in place than your home country. This can make it harder to meet compliance guidelines.
In addition to meeting certification guidelines, you will need to consider the quality of the grinders. This includes the materials they are made from, the overall design, the mechanisms of grinders, the quality of PET plastic, features such as induction liners and tamper-proof liners, and the diversity of grinders and bottles. Another factor to consider is the sizes of bottles. Retail environments may not be the same in every country. If products are designed to fit onto shelves in one destination, they may not fit easily in another destination. Having non-standard bottles can make it more difficult to sell in retail environments.
Guarantees are not always possible when importing grinders. What happens if your products arrive, only for you to realise that grinder tops don’t work properly? What will you do if the hinges on flip-top closures break when opened? Instead of PET plastic, you may receive thousands of bottles in poor quality plastic. Glass bottles may not be in the correct sizes. If you’re shipping from countries that are far away, returns and refunds may get complicated. You could end up with products that you cannot use. If you risk using cheap, poor quality grinders that easily break, you are putting your reputation at risk. Sourcing grinders from a trusted local supplier ensures that you will have the option to deal with any potential problems. A leading supplier will prevent this from happening in the first place, as they are fully certified and compliant.
Last but not least, sourcing from local manufacturers is an excellent way to improve your reputation. Locally produced products and packaging allow you to be a truly South African business at all stages of the production chain.
For more information on working with a trusted local supplier of quality wholesale spice grinders, contact Global Grinders today.